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bahrain crackdown. riot police in the arab nation launch a deadly attack against anti-government demonstrators. union fight. government workers in wisconsin battle plans to enact some of this country's most aggressive anti-union legislation. and a senator's secret. scott brown opens up about the childhood abuse that still haunts him. >> he said, if you tell anybody, i'll kill you. i will make sure that no one i'll kill you. i will make sure that no one believes you. captioning funded by cbs and thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. we begin with the political
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upheaval in the middle east and a surprisingly swift crackdown by the government of bahrain. security forces on the island nation launched a deadly attack against protesters who were camped out in the capital. this morning, pearl square was littered with debris. police used tear gas and tanks in last night's assault. opposition leaders say at least two people were killed in the attacks that they describe as terrorism. cbs radio news reporter tuul tuula lahu joins us by phone from the capital city. good morning, what is the latest there? >> good morning, betty. the latest is that four protesters are now confirmed dead. the military has a very heavy police presence in the capital manana and authorities have told people to stay home as all major highways are now closed. >> how did these protests start? help us understand it and put it in perspective? and what do they want? what do these demonstrators want? >> well, there was actually a
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lot of suspect that this would happen over the years. there has been a lot of tension between the majority shia population in bahrain and the ruling minority the sunnis. what they started out seeking democratic reform. but after people were killed, their demands were increased, and now they're wanting regime change. they want the prime minister to resign. they want to be represented all people equally and they're demanding the release of political prisoners who have been arrested in previous protests. >> all right, tuula in bahrain joining us live by phone. thank you. another journalist covering events in the middle east got caught in the violence. abz correspondent miguel marquez was in bahrain in pearl square and was bitten by men with billy clubs. he was on the phone when it happened. >> get down. >> he said no. he said no! he said no!
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>> marquez was hit several times but not seriously injured. cbs news chief foreign affairs correspondent lara logan continues her recovery at her home in the washington area after she was brutally attacked friday while covering the revolt in egypt. on wednesday she received a call from president obama, who expressed his concern. cbs news has obtained exclusive pictures that are believed to have captured hosni mubarak's final moments in cairo last friday. they show a convoy of cars driving up to a presidential helicopter 90 minutes before it was announced he was stepping down as president of egypt. the figure was seen waving, and that's believed to be mubarak. now it's also believed that the choppers carrying his family out of cairo to the egyptian resort city of sharm el sheikh. also in to tell you about today in northern africa, anti-government protesters in libya are calling for a day of rage. libyan police clash with
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protester yesterday. plans for today's demonstrations were posted on social websites. demonstrators are demanding social reforms and political freedom. here at home, lawmakers in wisconsin are scheduled to vote on one of the nation's most aggressive anti-union proposals. affecting thousands of state employees. more than 10,000 opponents filled the state capitol wednesday. wisconsin was the first state to pass a collective bargaining law back in 1959. this legislation eliminates collective bargaining rights and makes public workers pay half the cost of their pensions. >> this is not about protecting our pay and our benefits, it is about protecting our rights to collectively bargain. >> the state's new republican governor scott walker says the state is at a point of financial crisis, and taxpayers need to be heard, as well. want to give you a follow-up now on bell, california, where officials allegedly looted the city's treasury.
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a judge has ordered the mayor and five past and present officials to stand trial. at a hearing yesterday the judge also ordered the defendants to stay away from bell's city hall. during the hearing, two city employees testified they helped falsify documents to hide officials' true salaries. president obama got help from house republican freshmen to cut the costliest weapons program in u.s. history. on wednesday, the house voted to cancel money for an alternative jet engine for the defense department's next generation warplane, the f-35. the engine project was behind schedule, and over the next three years it would have cost almost $3 billion. freshman u.s. senator scott brown of massachusetts has long been an advocate for victims of sexual abuse. and in a new book, brown explains why. he also discussed it with lesley stahl in an interview for "60 minutes." michael herzenberg has more now from washington. good morning, michael. >> reporter: good morning, betty. senator brown talks about his troubled childhood, and painful
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memories he says he'll never forget. it's a secret he's kept for almost 40 years. >> you were actually sexually abused. more than once. >> yeah. fortunately nothing was ever fully consummated, so to speak. but it was certainly back then traumatic. >> reporter: in an interview to air sunday night on 60 minutes, massachusetts senator scott brown admits he was sexually abused by a camp counselor when he was just 10 years old. >> he said if you tell anybody, i'll kill you. i will make sure that no one believes you. >> reporter: the bombshell revelation also appears in brown's new book "against all odds" out monday. in it he opens up about the physical abuse he suffered at the hands of his stepfather and says he even thought of buying his old home just so he could burn it down. brown, a republican, burst onto the national scene last year. his stunning win of the late ted kennedy's senate seat helped shift the balance of power in washington. the 51-year-old senator
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describes himself as being lost as a child, and says coming from a broken home made him more vulnerable to sexual predators. >> the thing that they have over you is they make you believe that no one will believe you. >> reporter: he never reported the sexual abuse and admits even his own mother didn't know. >> my mom will read about it for the first time. my wife has read about it. no, no one. i haven't told anybody. that's what happens when you're a victim. you're embarrassed. you're hurt. >> reporter: brown hopes coming forward with his story now will inspire others to overcome similar hardships. as a state lawmaker in massachusetts, brown worked on several bills relating to sexual abuse. one which closed loopholes in sex offender laws. back to you, betty. >> all right, michael herzenberg in washington. thank you for the live report. and a reminder, you can watch the entire interview with senator brown on "60 minutes" this sunday, at 7:00, 6:00 central right here on cbs. just ahead on the "morning news," say good-bye to the
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higher. ashley morrison is here in new york with that. good morning, ashley. >> and good morning to you, betty. asian markets rallied for a second straight day. japan's nikkei gained a fraction while hong kong's hang seng added half a percent. today wall street gets a look at the weekly jobless claim numbers. on wednesday stocks jumped after another round of strong corporate earnings. the dow gained 61 points while the nasdaq added 21. and a milestone for the s&p 500, the total value of that index has now doubled since hitting its low point in 2009, at the height of the financial crisis. a new forecast from the federal reserve sees the economy picking up steam, growing as much as 3.9% this year. that's a full point higher than last year. but the fed also sees unemployment hovering around 9%. the rest of this year, though it does predict it could fall as low as 7.5% in 2012. banks are pushing back against debit card reform. at a congressional hearing today, they're expected to ask
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lawmakers to either delay or repeal new laws cutting back on those fees that they can charge every time a card is swiped. banks now get an average of 1% to 2% of each debit card transaction, but new rules could cap their take at 12 cents per transaction, roughly a 70% reduction. banks warn that if the new laws are put into effect they'll be forced to scale back on consumer perks such as free checking accounts and debit card reward programs. well, airfare for the summer might be a tall order. so far airlines are holding off on offering their deepest discounts for summer travel, or if they do offer them, they're available for a very short period of time. the faa predicts passengers will pay 2% more this year for domestic flights, and 5% more for international travel compared to 2010. and move over elvis, after just six songs make their debut today, the cast of fox tv's hit "glee" will hold the record for
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the most songs on the hot 100 billboard chart with 113. they've been able to fast-track their way thanks to the digital release of songs following each new episode. and they've only been on the air for about two years, betty. that's amazing. >> that's incredible. the show is great, though. i like it. don't tell anyone. all right, ashley morrison joining us live here in new york. thank you, ashley. now to the battle of man versus machine. on the game show jeopardy. after three days of competition, the ibm supercomputer named watson easily beat two human competitors. the final question was about the author of dracula. former champion ken jennings got the right answer while accepting defeat with good humor. >> bram stoker is what we're looking for. and we find who is stoker. i, for one, welcome our new computer. >> one computer expert calls watson the most significant breakthrough yet in artificial intelligence. well, actor len lester, best
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. new york, partly cloudy but 58 degrees. miami, sunny, 78. chicago, cloudy and windy, 60. dallas, partly cloudy, 75. and l.a., 60 degrees. time now for a check of the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows clouds coming over the rockies and entering the northern plains. there are clear skies from the southern plains into the southeast. and the northeast is seeing patchy clouds. later today, though, heavy snow and blowing winds will impact sections of utah and colorado, as the storm system moves across the rocky mountains and enters the northern plains. light showers and patchy fog will spread from the great lakes toward the central plains. the southern plains, though, will feel springlike and the northeast will also get some warm temperatures. in sports, defending nba champion lakers lost to the
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worst team in the league. j.j. hickson put cleveland ahead as the cavaliers shocked los angeles 104-99. just last week, cleveland set a new nba record with 26 straight defeats. in overtime, prince of detroit caught an air ball and then dunked it. prince had 25 points for the pistons in the victory over the pacers, as they head into the nba all-star break. in college basketball, two upsets of top-ranked teams. kendall walker of connecticut had 31 points to help beat number 9 georgetown. uconn's 78-70 win breaks an eight-game win streak for georgetown. and moore scored 19 as number 11 purdue defeated number 10 wisconsin. purdue's 70-62 win gives them sole possession of second place in the big ten, behind ohio state. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories. and baldness breakthrough.
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on the "cbs morning news" here is a look at today's weather. wet and wild conditions are impacting much of the west. record-breaking temperatures could be popping up from new mexico to missouri. and colder air is coming down into the mountain areas. here's another look at this morning's top stories. security forces crack down on anti-government protesters in bahrain. police used tear gas and shot rubber bullets. opposition leaders say at least two people were killed. and massachusetts senator scott brown reveals he was sexually abused as a child by a camp counselor. brown also tells "60 minutes" he was physically abused by his stepfather. scientists are reporting a possible breakthrough in the search for a cure for baldness. it came from a stress study by
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researchers at ucla which didn't involve balding humans but hairless lab mice. the mice were given a stress-blocking chemical and almost all of them grew back their hair. one researcher called it quote, a very dramatic effect that might work for people. well, we all know that sugary soft drinks can be bad for your waistline. now there may be another reason to stop drinking cola. a group says the coloring may cause cancer. ran doll pinkston reports. >> reporter: cola is one of the most popular sodas in the country. >> tons of people drink it. >> reporter: but the center for science in the public interest has a warning that might kill your craving. it says the chemicals in the artificial caramel coloring can cause cancer and is calling for a government ban. >> unfortunately, at least two of them cause cancer in laboratory animals. and we have to assume they cause cancer in humans, as well. >> reporter: according to the center the caramel color becomes dangerous when it's mixed with ammonia and sulphites at high temperatures, which is how colas
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are made. the food coloring doesn't actually affect the taste of the soda. it's purely cosmetic. the question is, will clear cola be as popular as this? >> there's no reason to accept any chemical that causes cancer in our food supply. >> reporter: but the beverage industry argues the claims are not based on sound science, and are unnecessarily raising the fears of consumers. even the center for science in the public interest acknowledges the cancer risk is small. >> if you're consuming a reasonable amount of these sodas, you're actually getting very small amounts of these chemicals, and i don't think there's any real danger. >> reporter: people we talked to aren't changing their drinking habits. >> i'm pretty sure everything has chemicals that cause cancer for a person in like the future. >> reporter: california's already calling for warning labels on products that contain the carcinogen found in the caramel coloring. randall pinkston, cbs news, new york. this morning on "the early
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good morning. i'm andrea roane. >> i'm mike hydeck. welcome to 9news now. monika is here, in for angie with traffic and we do weather first with howard bernstein. >> it is mild. 40s, still 50 degrees in a couple of spots. if we hit 70s, it would not surprise me at all. i expect to hit it in a few
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more spots on friday. >> be careful what you wish for. >> you know what's coming next week. >> it is going to get cold again. >> there are two things that are coming. >> precip monday night, tuesday morning that could cause problems. today, no problems out there. good thursday or friday eve. we start in the 40s. by noon, we'll be pushing 60. well into the 60s this afternoon. 68 for reagan national airport with a 66 degree temp at 3:00. by 6:00, we're back down to 60, a very comfortable, let's call it what it is, a gorgeous afternoon ahead. a few high, thin clouds coming across the region. that's one of the reasons we're holding with 52 in winchester. clear, calm and cool down to 30. it is 45 here in washington. a quick look at the travel forecast. no problems getting in and out of town today if you're hopping on a flight, looking good. buffalo and detroit will see some showers. it lands a great day -- atlanta, a great day for them. charleston at 70. new york look sweet at 55.
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boston fairly pleasant, too, but chilly in the upper 40s. 4:26. monika samtani, we have to be doing better than yesterday morning. >> much better than yesterday. look at that! a green light. first of all, on the inner loop of the beltway, you've got construction here at d'arcy road in the two left lanes as you travel through forestville. over on the northside of town, you've got construction as well on the southbound side of 95 at route 198. watch out for that. we'll take a live look if you're planning to head around town, here's what it looks like in the beltway around virginia, construction between route 7 and route 123, stay to the left to get by. more in my next report coming up at 4:31. >> here is the story a lot of people in our area are following today. redskins headline magnet albert haynesworth, as you know, is facing a sexual assault accusation from a waitress at a local bar. >> the woman claims haynesworth groped her. as gary nurenberg found out, that's a claim that both
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haynesworth and his lawyer are calling a lie. >> reporter: the waitress filed a police complaint alleging haynesworth fondled her at the w hotel early sunday morning. >> haynesworth fundamentally and categorically denies the allegations. >> reporter: haynesworth's lawyer says he has witnesses. >> none are reporting the allegations are true or that there was anything done illegal, unlawful, inappropriate. sexual or otherwise by albert. >> reporter: he'll give the results to prosecutors, hoping to preclude an indictment. >> i share my investigation results. i share my witness information because i want to ensure a fair investigation. a balanced investigation. >> reporter: hanes worth could sue his accuser. >> the w hotel, its employees who are make the allegations, as i understand it, would be subject to that review by albert and his legal team. >> reporter: gary nurenberg, 9news now. haynesworth supporters
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believe his wealth and his notoriety actually make him a target for false claims and extortion. the legal strategy, according to his attorney is now to provide prosecutors are evidence of his innocence with the goal of stopping any potential criminal indictment in this. good morning and welcome to 9news now. today is thursday, february 17th. i'm andrea roane. >> friday eve. good morning, i'm mike hydeck. monika is here with traffic. much better day than yesterday. angie and mr. bernstein. good morning. >> you might be able to leave the jacket at home. >> i did. i left it in the car. >> and while it is a little chilly this morning in spots, you probably won't need it this afternoon, we're going well into the 60s. some areas south and southwest of town, 70 is not out of the question. pretty likely on friday. here is a look at our day planner. gorgeous weather ahead today. mid-40s now. by noonwe

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